Who is Rick Meyer? A former Chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee, a former Bryant Alderman, and reserve deputy under Bruce Pennington -- and it is my belief that Meyer is the “Undertaker” and mastermind of the smear campaign against James Ward.
As a Bryant Alderman, Meyer was always at the forefront of turmoil and discontent. He was campaign manager for Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs whose administration is legendary for controversy.
As Chairman of the Saline County Republican Committee, Meyer again was always swirling in controversy. If elected office holders dared to buck his authority, Meyer made sure they had a hand picked opponent in the next election cycle. In 2008, Meyer helped his Democratic friend and candidate for sheriff defeat his own party’s nominee, James Ward. He kept the party at odds creating a split until Ward and others were successful in unseating him.
Meyer usually works in the background, running campaign interference with his smear tactics. It is clear the “Undertaker” is hellbent on defeating Ward. One has to wonder why it is so important to him to “retain” the sheriff’s office. Is he afraid that an “outsider” like Ward might find some things they don’t want to be found?
James Ward has stepped on toes of the power players like Meyer in Saline County more than once. Besides ousting Meyer as party chairman, Ward led the successful fight against the Fairplex tax, and led the fight to oust Bauxite School Superintendent Mickey Billingsley who had nearly bankrupted the district. Ward took a beating by the good old boys in 2008 but they did not bury him as planned. He is back again putting his name and reputation on the line. James came from a very poor background but pulled himself up by the bootstraps -- and with a lot of hard work and determination he became the successful business owner and family man he is today. A man whom I have a great deal of respect for which is why I am supporting him for sheriff! JAMES "SMILEY BOY" WARD FOR SHERIFF IN 2012!
Below are some handwriting samples of ‘Undertaker” as well as a handwriting sample of Rick Meyer which was taken from county records. The handwritten dates are taken from the newspaper attacks on “Smiley Boy”. I find it very interesting that the “U’, the “r”, the “er” and the “2” match. The writing which is circled is the known sample of Meyer.